14 December 2014

Goldwork Sampler planning

I have spent my free time these last few days planning my next embroidery project. I would like to work a Goldwork Embroidery with these lovely materials...
I decided that it would be best to make a sampler to learn lots of different techniques. I will base the design on this book by Ruth Chamberlain
Jane very kindly offered to post her Goldwork sampler on her blog so I could see what she had done; she was taught by Ruth so her sampler is very similar to what I had in mind. It is stunning! have a look at the detail on Jane's blog HERE I have spent a lot of time drawing and erasing!
I think I will go with a layout something like this...
I have gathered my silks and background - I will use this oakshott shot cotton fabric backed with calico for the main piece.
I have made a note in my workbook of all the techniques I want to learn

 I also made a colour drawing so that I can try and balance my colours

I just need to finalise the design and prepare the fabric ready for class to start again in January.


  1. Wonderful Elaine! That looks very promising! I like your layout. You asked what size my sampler is, it is about 18 x 15 inches. you really inspire me to get my box with threads and notebooks etc. out again, and finish mine! It is such wonderful work to do!

  2. A very well-prepared design - I look forward to seeing it come to life!

  3. Oh Elaine it all looks stunning, look forward to seeing it grow and develope into a beautiful work.

  4. I read Jane's post yesterday and her goldwork is lovely. I'm really looking forward to watching your progress. This embroidery technique looks very interesting and I am looking forward to following your progress!

  5. It's so interesting to watch your design process. You are so careful and precise -- it's wonderful! Looking forward to seeing this one develop.